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POSTED: Thursday, July 3, 2014, 3:19 PM

Tuesday, July 8 marked the debut of Distrito at Moorestown Mall (400 Route 38, 856-252-0300) - Jose Garces' fourth location of his signature Mexican. It's across the Route 38 entranceway from the new Osteria.

Menu at the 200-seater is largely the same as the one at the flagship in University City: guac, tacos, enchiladas, huaraches and the like, with the addition of fajitas. Portions are a touch larger at this location. As at other locations, the $45 tasting menu is a steal; for $25 more, they pair tequilas with it.

The interior by dash design is reminiscent of the original - wrestling masks fill a wall, bold colors accented with muted color throughout - though it's on one level. A fireplace "floats" in the center of the dining room. Private dining room's entrance is framed in floor-to-ceiling cabinets for tequila.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 1:50 PM

Maglio Fresh Foods, the South Philly sausage specialist, plans to convert part of its building into a retail specialty shop selling all manner of Italian foods.

Though details are few at this point, the family - in the business since the close of World War II - had extra space in its building at 3632 S. Third St.

The younger generation of the family feels that the location - near the old Food Distribution Center below Pattison Avenue and just a long forward pass from Lincoln Financial Field - would be convenient to tail-gaters.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 1:26 PM

Core De Roma at 214 South St,, which the Pinti family opened nine years ago, closed last week.

The jewelbox trattoria, incongruously set amid South Street schlock, previously was Ristorante San Carlo.

The family says it wants to concentrate on its newer restaurant, a BYOB, at 337 E. Gay St. in West Chester.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 10:50 AM

More than 20 years ago, club disc jockey and sandwich-shop owner Steve Martorano left South Philadelphia for Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

With only a few bucks in his pocket, he started a restaurant in a strip mall, Cafe Martorano.

Steve's shtick was a hit, as it were - mob movies playing on TVs, Sinatra crooning from the speakers, the red gravy flowing, the late-night crowd dancing amid the tables.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 2:02 AM

Last month, Craig LaBan was ruminating that so far in 2014, he had awarded three-bell reviews to nine restaurants.

That is generally a full year's supply of the places he categorizes as "excellent."

This means one of two things: That Craig is getting soft in his old age (a point I would doubt) or that the local crop of restaurants is getting better.

POSTED: Monday, June 30, 2014, 11:52 PM
Krispy Kreme doughnuts get glazed as they come down the production line. (ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / Staff Photographer)

You might wonder what could put a sad face on the opening of a Krispy Kreme doughnut shop.

Meet the Forest Heroes Campaign - the joyful folks who have made a mission out of getting Krispy Kreme to stop frying doughnuts in palm oil that is produced by cutting down rainforests.

The campaign already has gone after Nestlé, Kellogg’s, Mars, and General Mills, which have signed agreements to stop sourcing palm oil from deforestation.

POSTED: Monday, June 30, 2014, 11:27 PM
Michael Solomonov going under the lights at Federal Donuts for a shoot last year.

If you're fiddling with the DVR overnight:

Federal Donuts co-owner Michael Solomonov will turn up on Good Morning America on Tuesday, July 1 while demonstrating the recipe "Federal Donuts Fried Chicken and Sauce" from Lee Schrager's book Fried and True: More Than 50 Recipes for America's Best Chicken and Sides (Clarkson Potter).

FedNuts' rep thinks Solo and Schrager will be on in the 8 a.m. hour.

POSTED: Monday, June 30, 2014, 1:31 PM

Two Matt Swartz-run bars - Sutton's Parlor (38-40 S. 19th St.) and Logan Goat (20th and Arch Streets) - closed over the weekend, as noted by Foobooz.

It's not clear why they shut down abruptly, although it could be related to state police citations issued to Sutton's Parlor on June 24.

The state alleges that Swartz has an undisclosed pecuniary interest in Sutton's Parlor and accuses license owner Pete Antipas of not exercising his duties as a bar manager (basically abdicating his ownership role). The state also contends that Antipas did not inform the Liquor Control Board that Swartz was running Sutton's Parlor.

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